A group of Embry-Riddle students who won an international design competition spent three days in Paris last week as the prize for their unmanned aircraft system landing pad.
Earlier this year, “DroneShell” by Embry-Riddle software engineering student Jeremiah Lantzer, computer science student Tim Christovich and recent aerospace engineering graduate Kyle Cochran won the 2016/17 Thales Arduino Challenge. Team DroneShell won the competition based on the highest number of votes for their solar-powered landing platform to service autonomous delivery and reconnaissance drones in remote locations.
During their trip to Paris, the students met executives at the Thales Headquarters and toured Thales research sites at Rungis and Palaiseau, where they learned about the groundbreaking technology that Thales is developing for the aerospace and defense industries. The students also had the chance to attend the Paris Air Show, where they got personal tours of French fighter jets.
The students also had time to visit iconic tourist locations such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame.
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